Stop Plans to Destroy 38 Million Acres of Habitat

Target: California Board of Forestry.

Goal: To stop planned clearing of 38 million acres of California Habitat.

The California Board of Forestry and CalFire recently released a proposal for habitat clearance as a means of fire prevention. That in itself may seem to be a fair and equitable approach to protecting a state often ravaged by wildfires whenever summer draws to a close. Unfortunately however, the manner and scale described by this proposal is beyond excessive. If approved this proposal would result in roughly 38 million acres of habitat (nearly one-third of the entire state) being burned–literally chewed-up–or coated with herbicides. This increases the current habitat clearance program by a scale of over five times existing levels.

Beyond the drastic scale there are other disconcerting details surrounding this proposal. Should this plan be certified, the program will exempt individual habitat clearance projects from public oversight required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Everything from state parks to private lands would be susceptible to getting stripped bare without local notice or a chance to appeal.

Given that California’s wildfire season has only escalated following each sizable  increase in land being cleared it makes no sense to continue with a costly venture that only harms California’s environment. It destroys native vegetation and wildlife habitat all with very little proven result. What CalFire should instead do is conduct a program to address issues such as ignitability of structures, community and regional planning, as well as science-based vegetation management within and directly around communities at risk. This would prove far more valuable to reducing the damage caused by wildfires while at the same time still allowing nature to remain unsullied by massive ground-clearing efforts.

The environment and local communities must be protected. The only way to accomplish this is to think forward and compel the Board of Forestry to vote down its Vegetation Treatment Program before irreparable damage is done.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear California Board of Forestry,

The California Board of Forestry and CalFire’s proposal for fire prevention across California is far too drastic. The released proposal may appear to be a reasonable approach until the details are examined. The details involve 38 million acres of habitat (nearly one-third of the entire state) being burned, literally and figuratively chewed-up or sprayed down with herbicides. This increases the current habitat clearance program to over five times existing levels.

The massive scale is not the only concerning factor, however, as other details are just as alarming. Should this plan be certified the program will exempt individual habitat clearance projects from the public oversight that is required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Everything from state parks to private lands would be susceptible to getting stripped bare without local notice or a chance to appeal.

This alarming plan is completely excessive given that California’s wildfire season has escalated following each sizable increase in land being cleared. Taking this into account there is no purpose to attempting to expand upon a costly venture that will only destroy California’s environment. It devastates native vegetation and wildlife habitat all with very little proven result. What CalFire must do instead is conduct a program to address issues such as ignitability of structures, community and regional planning, as well as science-based vegetation management within and directly around communities at risk. This would prove far more valuable to reducing the damage caused by wildfires while at the same time allowing nature to remain unsullied by massive ground-clearing efforts.

This must not be approved. For California’s environment as well as its ecological future, the board must vote down its Vegetation Treatment Program before irreparable damage is done.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Totally senseless, hazardous and destructive to our planet.

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